Fabrizio Romano has delivered an update on Tottenham Hotspur’s reported pursuit of Christian Eriksen.
The reporter claims that Inter Milan have made it “so clear” to Spurs and Leicester that they would have to pay the 28-year-old’s full salary if they wanted him on loan.
Eriksen has seriously struggled to establish himself as a regular in the Inter line-up since leaving Tottenham and joining the Italians for a reported £18million a year ago.
The Denmark international has made just 40 appearances for the Serie A side in all competitions, with just 14 this season and a mere six starts in 2020-21 – and he’s yet to score or assist.
Giuseppe Marotta, Inter’s chief executive, said back in November that Eriksen did not figure in coach Antonio Conte’s plans.
“Eriksen is among the transfers (listed),” he told Sky Italia, as quoted by BBC Sport.
“It’s not a punishment but he has struggled to settle into the squad… so it is right to give him the opportunity to find more space elsewhere.”
Since then, a host of clubs have been linked with Eriksen, including his former side.
However, Romano suggests that neither Tottenham nor Leicester have any chance at present, given they’d have to pay €4million (around £3.5million) for six months’ wages after tax.
Inter have been so clear with Leicester and Tottenham: pay 100% of Christian Eriksen’ salary or nothing.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) January 21, 2021
It’s not been a great 12 months for Eriksen, who has gone from being one of Spurs’ key players – so much so that Daniel Levy reportedly placed a £225million price tag on him two years ago (AS) – to a fringe player at Inter.
But despite not being in Conte’s plans, Inter don’t seem to be willing to simply offload the player without ensuring that they won’t be having to pay towards his wages while away – so if Spurs wanted him, they’d have to pay a lot of money.
Spurs seemingly have “no chance” at this stage but, with that said, stranger things have happened in transfer windows, so we’ll see how the next week plays out – you never know.